Radiation Safety Information for Apparatus used in Beauty and Medical Aesthetic Industry

Information on IPL Devices

What are IPL Devices?

IPL devices use non-laser high intensity emission from a high output flash lamp for performing treatment on the human skin and surface tissues.   

The light emitted from an IPL device is typically a broad wavelength non-coherent light, usually in the frequency range from 500 to 1200 nm. Emission from an IPL device is capable of inducing the regeneration of new skin tissue or the destruction of hair follicles, pigmented blemishes or thread veins.

Skin layer IPL
The images below are examples of IPL devices commonly used in the beauty industry.

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Potential adverse treatment reactions

Adverse treatment reactions may be caused by inappropriate treatments using IPL devices. These can include burns and injuries to the eyes. To prevent eye damage, appropriate eye protection such as safety goggles should be used. If treatment area contains skin blemishes or moles, then treatment on these areas should not proceed until these areas have been examined by a medical professional.

Advisories and useful guidelines

The IPL devices are not regulated by NEA under the Radiation Protection Act, unlike laser apparatus.

Advisories and useful guidelines on IPL devices by overseas regulatory bodies to consumers and operators are listed in the links below:

  1. Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
  2. New Zealand's Auckland Council
  3. UK's Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority